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Fresno State Gives Back to the Valley

FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
FRESNO, Calif. – The Fresno State baseball team is gearing up for the 2011 season that begins in February, but the Bulldogs also spent many hours giving back the community. The Dogs participated in several events across the Valley with elementary age children.

In October, assistant coach Steve Rousey and first baseman Jordan Ribera attended a Red Ribbon Week rally at Century Elementary in Clovis, Calif. Red Ribbon week is a national event that targets school age children about saying no to drugs. Ribera spoke to the student body about the benefits of remaining drug free.

A few days later, Rousey, Dusty Robinson and Taylor Garrison attended a Red Ribbon Week event at Carver Elementary in Fresno. The juniors spoke about the benefits of remaining drug free and hard work.

Recently, head coach Mike Batesole and the Bulldogs held a free baseball clinic for the students at Susan B. Anthony elementary school in Fresno. Also, helping out at the event is current Cleveland Indian shortstop and Fresno native, Jason Donald. The clinic was organized by Batesole’s oldest daughter, Kassy.

“Every time we participate in an event such as this, we get more out of it than the kids,” said head coach Mike Batesole. “It is amazing how that works. Our players, coaches and Jason Donald had as much fun as the kids from Susan B. Anthony.”

The Bulldogs kickoff the 2011 season on Feb. 12 with the annual alumni game at Pete Beiden Field.